Coach Hue Jackson isn't denying a report that the Cleveland Browns are attempting to trade cornerback Joe Haden.
The two-time Pro Bowl Cornerback, who had gone from being one of the city’s most popular players to polarizing, was released Wednesday after the team couldn’t trade him or persuade him to take a pay cut.
New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his staff didn’t view Haden as an asset and will likely move veteran Jason McCourty into his starting spot alongside Jamar Taylor.
Haden owned a sneaker store in downtown Cleveland, hosted youth camps in Northeast Ohio and in 2015 became the first professional football player to serve as a Special Olympics global ambassador.
“I would first like to take the time to thank the Browns fans all around the world from the bottom of my heart for making Cleveland a happy home for me for the past 7 years,” Haden wrote.
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